Little Ella will be 14 wks this Thursday and is growing like a weed! After about a month, yesterday she finally gave me what I call a "poodle hug" where she folded her head into my chest and nestled it under my chin. I melted.... My baby is trying to show she loves me but she is killing me with her "hard mouth". I had never heard of this term until my trainer mentioned it during one of our exercises last week. Since, I've read more about it and some literature with mixed approaches of how to train a pup into a soft mouth. I am aware that many poodles are very "mouthy" and Ella is no exception. There are times that she moves your hand around her mouth and just munches -- sometimes starting very hard and other times starting soft and getting progressively harder. It almost seems involuntary. There are also times that she simply wants to hold your hand in your mouth. During these times, she does not really bit down much, just closes her mouth enough to keep the hand in. It seems to pacify her (not quite sure how to explain this). Nevertheless, for those who have experience "hard mouth" and super mouthy spoo pups, were there specific training activities that you used to help them develop a softer bite? Do "hard mouthed" puppies automatically become "hard mouthed" adults? For those successful in their training, about how long did this take? I know all dogs do things in their own time, I am just wondering if there is a developmental stage or age at which I should be concerned and knowing that an end is possible (even if far from sight), would be nice.